Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 17, 2003

Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt, 78, a former Kentucky governor and liberal Democrat who oversaw enactment of the South's first state civil rights law, died late Tuesday in Lexington. He had been in a coma since collapsing Oct. 10 from an abnormal heart rhythm while delivering a speech at an event at the University of Kentucky.

Mr. Breathitt was governor from 1963 to 1967. He became the Southern Railway System's general counsel after leaving the governor's office, moved to Washington as a company vice president in 1972, and was the firm's top lobbyist for 20 years.

Racial harmony was a theme of Mr. Breathitt's inaugural speech Dec. 10, 1963. But Congress was debating a civil rights bill at the time, and state lawmakers were unwilling to take the lead in enacting a state civil rights law. Finally, in 1966, Kentucky became the first southern state to enact a civil rights law.

Bertram Brockhouse, 85, who shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in physics with American Clifford Shull, died Monday in Hamilton, Ontario, after years of declining health.

They were awarded the Nobel for developing methods of neutron scattering techniques for studies of condensed matter. Using beams of neutrons the same way as a microscope uses light, the researchers were able to reveal the structure and movement of atoms -- essentially, helping answer the questions of what atoms are and what they do. Mr. Shull died in 2001.

The groundbreaking research led several governments and institutions to pour billions of dollars into special facilities for neutron scattering. Researchers now use neutron scattering to study virus and DNA molecules.

William "Si" Redd, 91, founder of slot machine manufacturing giant International Game Technology and a force behind the growth of video poker, died Tuesday in Solana Beach, Calif.

Mr. Redd was a member of the Gaming Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, and was once described by former Gov. Bob Miller as Nevada's "most innovative gaming pioneer."

He is credited with developing the Megabucks progressive jackpots, which helped reshape modern gambling and popularize video poker.

After a career as an amusement game and jukebox distributor in Boston, Mr. Redd moved to Las Vegas in 1967 and founded Bally Distributing Co. His company was bought by Bally's Manufacturing in the mid-1970s, and in 1978 Mr. Redd formed a new venture called Sircoma, now International Game Technology.

Mr. Redd retained the right to develop video slot and video poker machines, which have become staples of neighborhood bars and casinos. Reno-based IGT today ranks as the world's largest slot machine manufacturer.

Paul "Jazzmo" Moen, 51, a tenor saxophone player and jazz arranger who worked extensively with drummer Buddy Rich and vibrophone player Lionel Hampton, was found dead Oct. 10 at his home in Bremerton, Wash. Officials have not issued a finding of the cause of death, but friends blamed gastrointestinal bleeding.

Mr. Moen's heyday was in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when he was the tenor soloist and arranger for Mr. Hampton and toured regularly with Mr. Rich's big band in nightclubs across the nation.

He also played with such jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway and Ray Mantilla. Two of Mr. Moen's best-known compositions are "Latin Silk" for Mr. Rich and "Mantilla's Jazz."

Mr. Moen performed at least twice at Carnegie Hall in New York and cut about a dozen albums solo and with bigger stars in the jazz world.

Donna Lou Morgan, 75, the Salt Lake Tribune's food writer and editor for 34 years, died of cancer Tuesday in Salt Lake City.

Mrs. Morgan, whose encyclopedic knowledge of food helped generations of Utah residents strive for perfection in the kitchen, began her newspaper career in 1955 working in the Tribune library, where news stories and photos were indexed and filed. Recognized as a good writer and an even better cook, she soon became food editor, originally writing under the pen name Bonnie Lake.

After retiring in 1994, she continued to write a column until 1999. She also wrote two popular cookbooks.

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